Name: WO1 Michael Randall Earl (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/27/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.4
Date of Birth: 07/26/1944
Home City: Las Vegas, NM
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/3/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-098
Short Summary: Aircraft accident while on a maintenance test flight. SSG Richard Paul Stotsbery a technical observer died three days later.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15065
Service number: W3162598
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/13/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: SANTA FE NATIONAL CEMETERY, NM
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/1994
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